As a result of damage from storms Irene and Sandy, City Manager Scott Pickup secured funding through FEMA for dredging of the Rye Marina.
By Rye Record Staff
As a result of damage from storms Irene and Sandy, City Manager Scott Pickup secured funding through FEMA for dredging of the Rye Marina. FEMA approval allows for the removal of a total of 29,000 cubic yards. City staff negotiated the regulatory hurdles of State and Federal agencies to obtain the five needed permits for the initial removal of 20,000 yards.
The work is expected to be complete by May 31, according to City Engineer Ryan Coyne.
The City is secure in FEMA providing 75 percent of the funding for the project, with the possibility that it may increase to 90 percent. (The Governor submitted a request to Washington, to increase the federal share due to the extent of damage in New York from Sandy.)
The City Council approved the bid award of $417,000 to Consulting & Development, LLC at their April 17 meeting. FEMA funding will provide $312,750 of the project, with the Boat Basin the remaining $104,250.
The needed equipment was in place by the end of April and the project began on May 2. The contractor is progressing nicely on the dredging of the Boat Basin and Channel. The substantial progress to date can be attributed to good weather, a competent contractor, and the on-site inspection team. As of May 20, the project was ahead of schedule and 16,750 cubic yards have been removed to the dumpsite.
“A post-dredge survey will determine the appropriate locations for additional dredging, and the City will pursue additional permits for the fall dredging window,” said the City Manager.
Photos by Arthur Stampleman